Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
PO Box 14508
San Luis Obispo, California - 93406
Phone: (805) 756-2920 / Fax: (805) 756-7611
CA State Bar Number: 218300
Date of Admission To State Bar: 2001
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Elisabeth “Lisa” Sperow has been the Executive Director of the Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic since October of 2012. After growing up on the Central Coast, Lisa graduated with Honors from the University of California, Davis with a degree in International Relations and first in her class from The University of Oklahoma College of Law. After law school, Lisa clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She then entered the Honors Program for the United States Department of Justice. She served as a trial lawyer in DOJ’s Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch in Washington, D.C. before returning to the Central Coast to join the Accounting and Law Area at the Orfalea College of Business in 2001. Lisa has taught courses in International Law, Business Law, Constitutional Law, Business Ethics, Torts, Legal Research and Writing, Applied Accounting Auditing and Tax Research, and Employment Law at Cal Poly, The George Washington University College of Law, and Cuesta College. She is active in the community by serving as a consultant for the Small Business Development Center and volunteering her time as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, the Legal Advisor for the Community Action Partnership-SLO Board of Directors, a Board Member for the San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyers Association, and an Attorney Coach for the Arroyo Grande High School and Paulding Middle School Mock Trial Teams. Lisa is a member in good standing of the California Bar Association and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and the United States Tax Court.